In what has been a mixed bag of E3 Press Conferences and Showcases in 2017, many had bundled their hopes and dreams into the Nintendo E3 Spotlight: A 25 minute presentation dedicated to games. All of these games, we were told, would be releasing in 2017. There were other reasons to be excited. Having two Nintendo Direct presentations for ARMS and Pokemon in the lead up to E3 showed promise that this E3 Nintendo Spotlight was too jam-packed to contain all of what they’re planning to release this year. Were expectations too high?
No they were not. Game after game after game as we saw exciting announcements left, right and center. The format of Nintendo’s last longform Direct was very clean, and generally well-received and there were hopes that this would take the same form. However, improving upon that Direct we saw what must have been 90% of the Spotlight presentation filled with game footage, trailers and announcements. Let’s dive in.
We kicked it off with a live action trailer for ARMS, which transitioned into Rocket League and that was followed by Pokken Tournament, Fifa 18 and Splatoon 2. Out of these games, Rocket League was the biggest new announcement, as it has been very successful on every platform so far and is a perfect fit for the console.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
MonolithSoft’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 had an extended trailer showcasing a vast world combined with poor voice acting. This trailer showed off both story and gameplay elements of this JRPG. Its sprawling landscapes and epic set pieces made up for what could be perceived as low end graphics which don’t compare to the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Expect Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in Holiday 2017.
In Kirby’s 25th Anniversary year, Nintendo are releasing numerous titles on the 3DS and we will see a new Kirby title for Nintendo Switch in 2018.
Pokken Tournament DX was given a share of the tight 25 minutes, despite having a Direct Presentation just days before. Forget all that though! They announced a mainline Pokemon title for the Nintendo Switch. However, it won’t be out for over a year. Either way, this is positive as it shows that Nintendo and Game Freak are listening to their fans, implying a dialogue which has usually remained closed.
Metroid Prime 4
They announced Metroid Prime 4 is now in development, but had no footage. Expect a release in late 2018/19.
Yoshi gets his own, graphically beautiful, Nintendo Switch 2.5 side-scrolling platformer, with co-op functionality, to be released in 2018.
Fire Emblem Warriors
Koei Tecmo and Ninja Theory gave us a story trailer for Fire Emblem Warriors, a Muso-style spinoff title similar to Hyrule Warriors. Scheduled for release this Fall 2017.
The Legend of Zelda
Skyrim’s Zelda Amiibo functionality was discussed briefly before Nintendo went into detail on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC. They showed us the Trial of the Sword, as well as the new armor, the Master mode and other new features to be included in DLC pack 1 available June 30th. After this we saw ‘The Champions’ Ballad’, DLC Pack 2, available later this year. The 4 champions from Breath of the Wild will also be released as Amiibo.
Reggie Fils-Aime went on to talk about the E3 invitational tournaments and Treehouse Live before we went to visit ‘a few more worlds.’
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Yves Guillemot made a cameo to discuss Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a turn-based RPG combining the worlds of Mario and Rabbids with more success than you might suspect. This game will be released August 29th, 2017.
Rocket League is to have exclusive items and will be included in the already implemented Cross-Play, allowing matches between players on any and every platform.
Super Mario Odyssey
Next up for Nintendo E3: A T-Rex wearing Mario’s Cap- Cue the jolliest trailer of E3. Super Mario Odyssey allows you to dress in various never-before-seen outfits and inhabit any creature you see in the world. This trailer finished with a release date of October 27th. This E3 Spotlight finished with Mario becoming a T-Rex. As far as E3 Predictions go, I don’t think anyone had that sketched in.
Here’s what we didn’t see:
We didn’t see anything from franchises such as Pikmin, Super Smash Bros. or Dragon Quest. Also, we saw nothing for Nintendo 3DS. Absolutely nothing. This may be the first true sign that Nintendo are readying themselves to part ways with the Nintendo 3DS family after 2017, or, at the most, 2018.
Thanks for reading what went down for Nintendo E3 2017, and here’s to a few more delightful days of E3!